On Wednesday, April 16, in Room 5 of Hulston Hall, Mizzou Law Alum Shawn Askinosie, ’89, will share his story of how chocolate shaped his career path and help him find his passion to give back to others.
After 20 years of practicing as a successful criminal defense attorney, Askinosie found his way into the chocolate business. He founded Askinosie Chocolate in Springfield, Mo., which manufactures “single-origin chocolate.” In order to offer this, Askinosie travels to Ecuador, Honduras, the Philippines and Tanzania to obtain all of the cocoa beans directly from farmers in those countries.
His chocolate manufacturing work not only empowers farmers, but Askinosie also gives students the opportunity to help him out in his business and undertakes community development projects. Askinosie Chocolate prides itself in continuously promoting the ideals of “fairness, sustainability, minimal environmental impact and community enhancement.”